The Korea International Circuit in Yeongam saw two wet practice sessions on the first day of running for the 2011 Korean Grand Prix. No dry running could be completed today, although improved conditions are forecast for the weekend. Two wet sessions saw Michael and Nico run both wet (P1) and intermediate (P2) tyres while focusing on basic set-up work. Dry conditions are expected from tomorrow, but both drivers saved new sets of wet tyres in case forecasts should change.
Nico’s second session was brought to an early end after a collision in turn one with Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso. The drivers completed a total of 61 laps today, equivalent to 343 km - or just over a full race distance.
“With the changing weather conditions, it’s not easy to draw any major conclusions from today’s two practice sessions” said Ross after the second session. “However we were able to complete some good work on different fuel levels which will be helpful for the weekend. Nico’s accident towards the end of P2 this afternoon was unfortunate and one of those situations that happens sometimes on track. With the track staying too wet for slicks, the loss of running time was not too serious.”
For Norbert: “It was an unfortunate incident for Nico this afternoon, which prevented him from doing any further laps in P2. Michael posted the fastest time this morning and during P2, both drivers concentrated on finding a nice balance with a variety of fuel loads. It should be dry tomorrow, and it will be a challenge to get prepared for qualifying and the race with just one hour of running. It will be key to get the most out of the soft and supersoft Pirelli tyres which we have here.”